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Reading form the registry (binary code)

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There's a problem when reading form the system registry.
RegQueryValueEx API does not seem to be working with
the non-string values (for example with
ActiveWindowFontName) or i'm not able to read (convert)
the querried value into the String. Please help.
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by:Trygve
ID: 1971183
I would like to help, but I can't seem to find ActiveWindowFontName in my registry. Neither could I find any information about it on Microsofts development CDs. Could you tell me where I may find it and what the typical value you want returned looks like ?
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by:ABE2276
ID: 1971184
You've to look for
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics\CaptionFont
in your registry.

Thanks for answering :)
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by:Trygve
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Try this:
Copy and paste into a module. Note that you might get duplicate declaration since you already have done some API programming. The function can be expanded to include other parameters, but this is what I had the time to do for now.

From the debug window in my app.

print getwindowssystemfont("Caption","Name")
returns...
MS Sans Serif


    Global Const HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT = &H80000000
    Global Const HKEY_CURRENT_USER = &H80000001
    Global Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002
    Global Const HKEY_USERS = &H80000003
    Global Const HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG As Long = &H80000005

    Declare Function RegOpenKeyEx Lib "advapi32.dll" Alias _
        "RegOpenKeyExA" (ByVal hKey As Long, ByVal lpSubKey As String, _
        ByVal ulOptions As Long, ByVal samDesired As Long, phkResult As _
        Long) As Long
   
    Private Declare Function RegQueryValueEx Lib "advapi32.dll" _
        Alias "RegQueryValueExA" _
        (ByVal hKey As Long, ByVal lpValueName As String, _
        ByVal lpReserved As Long, lpType As Long, lpData As Any, _
        lpcbData As Long) As Long
       
    Declare Function RegCloseKey Lib "advapi32.dll" _
        (ByVal hKey As Long) As Long

Function GetWindowsSystemFont(FontType As String, Parameter As String) As String

    Dim temp As String
    Dim Ind As Integer

    Select Case FontType
        Case "Caption"
            temp = RegGetString$(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", "CaptionFont")
        Case "Icon"
            temp = RegGetString$(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", "IconFont")
        Case "Menu"
            temp = RegGetString$(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", "MenuFont")
        Case "Message"
            temp = RegGetString$(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", "MessageFont")
        Case "SmCaption"
            temp = RegGetString$(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", "SmCaptionFont")
        Case "Status"
            temp = RegGetString$(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", "StatusFont")
        Case Else
            ' Return Caption Font
            temp = RegGetString$(HKEY_CURRENT_USER, "Control Panel\desktop\WindowMetrics", "CaptionFont")
    End Select
   
    GetWindowsSystemFont = temp
    Select Case Parameter
        Case "Name"
            'For Ind = 1 To Len(temp)
            '    Debug.Print Ind, Mid(temp, Ind, 1), Asc(Mid(temp, Ind, 1))
            'Next
            GetWindowsSystemFont = Mid(temp, 19, InStr(19, temp, Chr(0)) - 19)
        Case "Size"
            GetWindowsSystemFont = Mid(temp, 41, 1) 'InStr(19, temp, Chr(0)) - 19)
        Case "Color"
        Case "Bold"
        Case "Italic"
        Case Else
            GetWindowsSystemFont = Mid(temp, 19, InStr(19, temp, Chr(0)) - 19)
    End Select
End Function


    Function RegGetString$(hInKey As Long, ByVal subkey$, ByVal valname$)

        Dim RetVal$, hSubKey As Long, dwType As Long, SZ As Long
        Dim v$
        Dim R As Long
        RetVal$ = ""
        Const KEY_ALL_ACCESS As Long = &HF0063
        Const ERROR_SUCCESS As Long = 0
        Const REG_SZ As Long = 1
        R = RegOpenKeyEx(hInKey, subkey$, 0, KEY_ALL_ACCESS, hSubKey)
        If R <> ERROR_SUCCESS Then GoTo Quit_Now
        SZ = 256: v$ = String$(SZ, 0)
        R = RegQueryValueEx(hSubKey, valname$, 0, dwType, ByVal v$, SZ)
        If R = ERROR_SUCCESS And dwType = REG_SZ Then
            RetVal$ = left$(v$, SZ)
        Else
            'RetVal$ = "--Not String--" &
            RetVal$ = left$(v$, SZ)
        End If
        If hInKey = 0 Then R = RegCloseKey(hSubKey)
Quit_Now:
        RegGetString$ = RetVal$
        End Function

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Trygve earned 100 total points
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Ooops, forgot to mark the question "Answered"
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by:ABE2276
ID: 1971187
Dear Sir,

It works excellent, but looks a bit heavy: "goto" is just a hat-trick. Thank You anyway - it realy is a good job.

Best regards,
            ABE

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by:Trygve
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You can strip of the parts that you don't need (look in the select case parts of the code. The rest is API stuff. These parts are best programmed by copying from someone elses code :-)

Have a nice day !
Trygve
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